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Anna
Year:  2019
Running Time:  15 minutes
Country:  Ukraine / UK
Language:  Ukrainian with English subtitles
Genre:  Drama
Venue:  Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street, Tiburon]
Cast:  Svetlana Barandich, Anastasia Vyazovskaya, Eric R. Gilliatt, Alina Chornogub, Liana Khobelia, Istan Rozumny
Showtime:   Saturday, April 18, 2020 @ 06:00 PM
Director:  Dekel Berenson

Description:
  Anna, a middle-aged single mother, lives in a small industrial town in war-torn Eastern Ukraine. She works in a meat processing plant, lives in a rundown apartment and dreams for a better life for herself and her 16-year-old daughter. Desperate for a change, she is lured by a radio advertisement to attend a party organized for foreign men who are touring the country, searching for love. Despite not having been out for years she decides to take part in the event. At the party, Anna is confronted with the realities of old age, with the American men's real intentions, and by her underaged daughter who is also attending the event. Both mother and daughter realize the absurdity and indignity of the situation and abandon their dream for a better life.

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Director Statement:

"After observing what went on at the nightclubs of Odesa I discovered the existence of the “love tours” that are depicted in Anna and found the subject compelling enough to return to Ukraine six years after my original visit, and capture it on film. In Anna, the backdrop is wintry and cold, but regardless of a country's regions everyone ultimately harbors dreams and aspirations. These international dating events, which have been organized since the fall of the Iron Curtain, continue to take place, with groups arriving in Ukraine many times a year. The mass parties in which men are usually outnumbered 1 to 10, now take place almost exclusively in East Ukraine, the industrial and more impoverished part of the country."

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Screening with: Vault (Trezor)

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